HARRY Potter star Miriam Margolyes is hoping Jewish Telegraph readers can perform more magic for her.

The veteran actress has already had success through Roots Directory with previous searches.

Miriam is now looking for a Leeds-based family called Friend. Henry and Selina Friend lived in North Villas, Leeds. Henry died in 1908.

The couple had at least 12 children - Rebecca, Hetty, Dinah (married a Frankel), Jacob Louis, Isidore, Cissie, Ethel, Morris, Cyril, Braham Julian, Kathleen (married Sidney Fay).

Henry's brother, Abraham, lived in Thirsk, Yorkshire. Some of the family went to South Africa but Miriam can't find the ones who stayed in the UK.

Write to Miriam c/o Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Drury House, 34-43 Russell St, London, WC2B 5HA or email her at

MRS A Anderton would like to hear from anyone who remembers or has information about the Laskier family from Liverpool.

Her great-grandfather Isaac Laskier was from Poland and, in 1862, married Harriet Berk in Dublin before they settled in Liverpool.

They had 10 children, of whom Rebecca married Michael Levitsky in 1882 in Liverpool; Leon married Nellie Torlowsky in Whitechapel in 1895; Jacob married Sarah Neiman in 1897 in Liverpool; Miriam married Jonas Harry Herzberg in Liverpool in 1910; and David married Cecile Goldstern in Paris in 1919.

Telephone 01422 843714 or email

BETTY Gardiner of Sussex is researching the roots of her father Abraham Benjamin Davis of Birmingham, who died in 1937.

Abraham emigrated from Utena, Lithuania, with his father, mother and brother, arriving in Grimsby in 1874. Betty believes the family's name was Izvozchik.

They later moved to Birmingham, where Abraham became well-known in the city, and was maybe a member of the Jewish Board of Guardians.

Write to Chippings, Cote Street, Worthing, Sussex BN13 3EX, or email

JOHN Ward of Harpurhey is trying to trace Muriel Hilton whose parents fostered him for a year around 1963 in their home in Stamford Street, Old Trafford, Salford.

Muriel worked for CIBA Geigy in Trafford Park and married David, a man more Orthodox than she was. John, who calls himself her 'little brother', says: ''I would love to hear from her. I have loads to tell her.''

Write to 20 Delaware Walk, Hapurhey, Manchester M9 5SG or telephone 07957 178487.

JACOB Rosen of Jerusalem is researching his late mother's family Koenigsbuch.

Jacob recently discovered that two young brothers from the Koenigsbuch family from Hamburg were on the kindertransport. Father Adolf and his wife died in the Holocaust.

Write to 14 Mishol Harotem, Ramot B, Jerusalem 97278, Israel, telephone 972 2 586 5128 or email

EDNA Levi of Leeds is trying to trace Perry Grossman on behalf of a cousin.

Perry married in Leeds in the l940s to a man whose first name was Karel and it is believed they moved to Ipswich and then Nottingham. They may have had a son called Roger.

Perry's mother was Bessie Grossman (nee Fogal) who was born in Russia, and she was the sister of Barnett and Harris Fogal - all of whom moved to Leeds in the l980's.

Write 616A Stonegate Road, Leeds LSl7 6EL, telephone 0113 2686367 or email

DAVID Manson of London is researching the life of Leeds painter Jacob Kramer.

He would like any information about Jacob, his siblings and friends. Contact 12 Wheatley St, London W1G 8PS or email

DAVID Kravitz of Bournemouth is searching for information on Lena Kravitz who died in Liverpool in 1951.

She possibly lived in Southport in the 1940s. David has a copy of her will but it does not mention a husband or children.

Write to 16 Buckingham Mansions, Bath Road, Bournemouth BH1 2PG, telephone 01202 317921 or email

DAVID Pearlstein of Las Vegas is trying to find relatives of Adele Levenson, whom he believes is his cousin.

Adele of Leeds was the daughter of Morris Levenson and his wife, whose maiden name was Rosenthal.

David's grandparents, Abraham and Annie Levenson, had seven children - Max Isaac, Kate, David, Harris, Morris, Michael and Wolf (David's father) - all born in Leeds between 1891 and 1900 at 81 Concord Street.

Write to 1400 So Valley View Blvd, Apt 2067, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102-1638, USA or email or

SYLVIA Hendriks of New Zealand is looking for details on the parents of Rebecca Levey, born around 1833. She married Morris Asher in Sydney, Australia.

Contact 46 Barrett Rd, New Plymouth, New Zealand, or email

PETER and Andrea Rothberg are looking for the Glasgow family of Peter's grandmother, Sadye (Sarah) Jacobs.

She was born in 1879 and died in 1956 in New York City. Her parents were Abraham (born 1844) and Cecilia (born 1842).

Her siblings were: Maria (born 1859 and married to Pincus Levy),Philip (born 1861), Morris (born 1864), Betsy (born 1867), Wolf (born 1869), David (born 1871), Solomon (born 1873), and Israel (born 1877).

Write to Andrea DiGioia Rothberg, Corporate Vice President, Attorney Network Coordinator, UBS , 1200 Harbor Blvd, 3rd Floor - Wealth Management, Weehawken, NJ 07087, USA, telephone 201-352-4105 or email or

RUTH Sherman of California is looking for information on her cousin Elizabeth Julia (Lisa) May, née Spott.

Elizabeth came to England from Berlin on a kindertransport and lived for some years in Liverpool, Birmingham and London. She studied fashion design.

Contact Lutz Noack, 7 Ricardo Road, Minchinhampton, Stroud, Glos GL6 9BY, telephone 01453 882159 or email

To make an appeal, email MIKE COHEN at Please include your home address.

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